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Baked Cream Cheese Rigatoni

As I look into making our family more home cooked meals, I’ve been getting a bit more daring in what I want to try. Tonight I made a new dinner and something we’ve never had before. I played around a bit and created something we will definitely be making again.

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Baked Cream Cheese Rigatoni
Recipe Type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Jenna Goodwin
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Serves: 6-8 servings
A creamy Italian dish for any family night dinner.
Ingredients
  • 12 oz Rigatoni
  • 1 Jar Spaghetti sauce
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Pepper
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare rigatoni pasta as directions on box.
  3. While pasta is cooking, brown ground beef thoroughly. Drain and rinse with hot water. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Add appropriate seasonings (pepper and dash Italian seasoning)
  4. Drain rigatoni and rinse with hot water. Add cream cheese to pan on low heat and return rigatoni to pan. Add teaspoon of Italian seasoning to cream cheese and noodles. Stir until cream cheese melted.
  5. Grease casserole dish. Add meat/sauce mixture to bottom of dish. Layer rigatoni across dish. Cover with remaining meat and sauce mixture.
  6. Cover with Parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes

I used Ragu Sweet Italian Sausage and Cheese Sauce as it’s our family favorite when making spaghetti. And even better, my picky “won’t touch pasta” son Nathan kept wanting more!


37 comments

  1. You’ve reached the Italian in my soul–I am always craving these types of dishes but never make them myself. Does that make me a bad Italian person?

    1. I cook pasta all the time I never try to use cream cheese on any of my recipe I will try it looks delicious.

  2. This looks so good!! I never thought of adding cream cheese to pasta, but I will trying this recipe out this week!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. Pasta is one of my families favorite dishes, and I personally love baked rigatoni. Rest assured I will be trying this very soon!

  4. My mom is Sicilian so I love baked pasta dishes and always like to find new ones to try.

  5. Looks delicious and sounds easy but unless it’s microwaveable I’ll burn down the house.

  6. gosh, cream cheese too in this recipe? love it. i am a carb addict and this recipe is to die for 😉

  7. Found on Pinterest. My family loves this. Tonight is the second time in a month I’ve made it. I add a bit of mozzarellato the top and my pasta hating boy loves it too!

  8. This looks sooo good! I’m so used to using ricotta in italian pasta dishes, but I think the cream cheese would make a great alternative since I always have it on hand! Thanks for the great recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

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